Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Egyptian papyri, Wilfred Griggs, ancient Greed, coptic


Wilfred Griggs of the Department of Ancient Scripture at BYU has been given authorization to examine a set of over 150 papyri found years ago layered underground in some stone enclosures near an ancient temple in western Fayum, Egypt. The discoverers, unable to read the ancient language(s) of the writer(s), simply put the treasure in storage. The papyri are believed to be from the first through the fourth centuries and written in Greek, with possibly some Coptic.